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News: Archive for April, 2009

Al Gore calls on world to burn less wood and fuel to curb ‘black carbon’ | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

‘Soot from engines, forest fires and partly burned fuel is collecting in Arctic and causing north pole to warm at alarming rate

The world must burn less diesel and wood, Nobel peace prize-winner Al Gore said yesterday, as the soot produced is accelerating the melting of ice in polar and mountainous regions.’

via Al Gore calls on world to burn less wood and fuel to curb ‘black carbon’ | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

Al Gore “Strongly Urges” Support of Climate Legislation

Monday, April 27th, 2009

April 24, 2009. Al Gore appeared before before the House Energy and Commerce Committee to support the proposed climate change bill:

“…moreover the best way to secure a global agreement that guarantees that other nations will also reduce their global warming pollution is for our country to lead the world in meeting this historic challenge”

Professor Dan Kammen speaking about Obama climate and energy policy

Friday, April 24th, 2009

UC Berkeley Professor Dan Kammen, coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and an advisor to Obama during the 2008 campaign, describes recent changes in Climate Change policy since Obama has been in office. In particular Kammen focuses on policy reversals announced by EPA’s Lisa P. Jackson which allow California to set higher air quality standards than national, and the pivotal decision to consider CO2 as a harmful greenhouse gas.


Dan Kammen speaking at UC Berkeley on Obama’s climate change approach

E.P.A. to Clear the Way for Regulation of Warming Gases – NYTimes.com

Friday, April 17th, 2009

WASHINGTON — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday formally declared carbon dioxide and five other heat-trapping gases to be pollutants that threaten public health and welfare, setting in motion a process that for the first time in the United States will regulate the gases blamed for global warming.

via E.P.A. to Clear the Way for Regulation of Warming Gases – NYTimes.com.

Ted Turner on Suicidal Destruction from Nuclear Weapons – Video

Friday, April 17th, 2009

The link between the environment and militarism is too often left unexamined. Accidental or intentional the use of nuclear weapons would have devastating environmental effects.

Ted Turner, founder of CNN:

“We have designed, built, deployed and armed our own suicidal destruction – now is that smart? No, so why don’t we get rid of them while we still can before the get rid of us”

See the Video on FORAtv.com

Worst Of Global Warming Can Be Avoided, Says Study

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

WASHINGTON — A new scientific study finds that the absolute worst of global warming can still be avoided if the entire world cuts emission of greenhouse gases the way President Barack Obama and Europe want.

via Worst Of Global Warming Can Be Avoided, Says Study.

Why It’s Not Possible to Solve Climate Change Without China | UC Berkeley Webcasts

Monday, April 13th, 2009

See the video of Orville Schell’s talk here:  UC Berkeley Webcasts | Video and Podcasts.
Skip ahead to about 6:30 to avoid the introduction.


Orville Schell

Chu wants labs to work on energy, climate change – New Mexico Business Weekly:

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

‘In a speech today at Sandia National Laboratories, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu compared unchecked global warming to riding on the Titanic.

“Lots of people see there’s an iceberg ahead, but it takes a long time to turn the boat around,” Chu said. “If we turn it now, we can mitigate the blow.”

To help turn the ship, Chu wants to expand work at the Department of Energy’s national laboratories to include research on climate change and development of alternative energy.’

via Chu wants labs to work on energy, climate change – New Mexico Business Weekly:.

Shenhua Plans China’s First Carbon Capture Project – CHINA-WIRE

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

‘Shenhua Group is developing a carbon capture and storage system for its coal-to-liquids plant in Inner Mongolia.

Shenhua Group, China’s top coal producer, is developing a carbon capture and storage (CCS) system for its coal-to-liquids plant, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said in a statement.’

via CHINA-WIRE » Shenhua Plans China’s First Carbon Capture Project.

Obama Global Warming Plan Involves Cooling Air

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

‘WASHINGTON — Tinkering with Earth’s climate to chill runaway global warming – a radical idea once dismissed out of hand -  is being discussed by the White House as a potential emergency option, the president’s new science adviser said Wednesday.’

via Obama Global Warming Plan Involves Cooling Air.